Albert Garrett Fordyce

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 21, 1896, page 4
A. G. Fordyce Headstone Inscription

The reputation of the A. G. Fordyce carriages is so well established in this county that it is needless to comment on their merits. Mr. Fordyce’s shops are filled with a most elegant line of phaetons and buggies, and he is master of one of the greatest industries in our city.

The Clarksburg Telegram., February 19, 1897
Cats Sniping Pigeons

Pigeon shooting is the order of the day.

A number of the birds were slain on Mr. A. G. Fordyce’s premises Saturday afternoon.

The fowls could not even utter a protest in pigeon English, but were mown down under the remorseless and unerring aim of the deadly shot-gun.

The Clarksburg Telegram., March 12, 1897, page 7

Mrs. L. G. Brown and her son Lewis, are visiting Mrs. Brown’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Fordyce on Main Street.

The Clarksburg Telegram., May 28, 1897, page 7
Map showing the Fordyce Residential Property location

Mr. L. G. Brown, of Pittsburg, was here this week, visiting his father-in-law, Mr. A. G. Fordyce.

The Clarksburg Telegram., November 05, 1897, page 7

A “Weighing Party” will be given at the home of Mr. A. G. Fordyce’s November 11, by Co. A. of Goff Chapel, Sliver offering at the door.

The Clarksburg Telegram., November 19, 1897, page 7
Indoor Evergreen Arch

The “weighing party” given at the residence of Mr. A. G. Fordyce last week afforded an evening of real, wholesome, enjoyment for a large number of people. When you found the girl with the same color of ribbon which you wore, why you simply marched up beneath an evergreen arch and bot got weighed.

Some one quick at figures subtracted the difference and you paid for the excess at a penny a pound. That was all there was of it–the church got the money and you got the girl, whose mission it was to lead you to the dinning room where a tempting lunch was served.

We must say a word about the beautiful Fordyce home which on this occasion, with its decorations, seemed a most gorgeous, though charmingly home-like apparition–no not an apparition for the architect had made his dream a reality and so with song and recitation
— “all went merry as a marriage bell.”

The Clarksburg Telegram., January 07, 1898, page 7

Mrs. L. G. Brown, of Pittsburg, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Fordyce, returned home Tuesday accompanied by her sister, Miss Bertha Fordyce.

The Clarksburg Telegram., April 22, 1898


Fordyce Building

This establishment, which enjoys a special celebrity in all parts of the country for the excellent workmanship and finish of its productions, was founded in 1876. It’s specialties consist of the manufacture of high grade wagons, carriages, phaetons, coaches, etc., and Mr. Fordyce’s success has been decided and gratifying.

The factory is complete in every detail of equipment and power, while the products turned out are in every case of the highest quality of excellence, every detail in their manufacture being under the most careful supervision, while only the finest and most highly seasoned lumber is used.
At present he is making a wagon for Herb Medicine Co., of Springfield, Ohio, which will go all through the State of North Carolina.

At his large repository on Pike Street is the largest assortment of hand-made vehicles to be found in the State which he sells at the lowest possible figure, and one is sure of getting the best. He also does repairing of all kinds in the most prompt and thorough manner, and at reasonable prices. Mr. Fordyce possesses a practical knowledge of all the details of this industry, which has become an important factor in our industrial affairs, and is very popular with the public generally.


Large Attendance at The Races–Other Events
The Clarksburg Telegram., July 01, 1898, page 7

Goff Chapel

After supper there was a lawn fete given by the ladies of Goff Chapel at the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Fordyce, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, and the opportunity to spend a pleasant evening at one of the prettiest homes in the city was grasped by a large number of people.

It is not necessary to state that the affair was a grand social, as well as a financial success, and that the ladies added a large sum of money to the general church fund.

The Clarksburg Telegram., February 22, 1901, page 8

Mrs. L. G. Brown and son, Louis, of Pittsburg, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Fordyce and Mrs. D. K. Reed.

The Clarksburg Telegram., December 13, 1901, page 2

The petition of Theodore Reichert and six others asking that the sewer between A. G. Fordyce’s property and the Stuart addition through the property of Gay Duncan be finished up and connected, the distance being about 200 feet, was referred to the street committee.

Street Committee’s Report.
Map of Clarksburg

The Clarksburg Telegram., May 22, 1903

The street paving committee, through its chairman, submitted its report. It recommended the paving of Main Street east from the bridge to Shuttleworth’s store; North Fourth street to North Fifth, thence up Fifth to the B. & O. passenger station, following the line of the street railway in the loop in Glen Elk; Main Street west from the Episcopal Church to the residence of A. G. Fordyce, and submitted Boxley & Son’s estimate upon the cost of the same. The report was accepted.

The Clarksburg Telegram., November 27, 1903, page 3

W. B. Virgie was given a permit to erect a two-story frame cottage on the A. G. Fordyce property on West Main Street.



Bridegroom Successful Young Educator and Bride One of Clarksburg’s Fairest and Most Popular Young Ladies–Honeymoon Trip Through the West.
The Daily Telegram., June 30, 1904

The marriage of Mr. G. Clare Finly and Miss Bertha Fordyce was solemnized in a quiet but very pretty manner at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. A. G. Fordyce, at 6 o’clock Wednesday evening. The parlor of this very palatial home was perfectly appointed for the occasion and the decorations were potted plants, ferns, and other greenery.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. S. K. Arbuthnot, the bride’s pastor in a very pleasant and impressive manner, the marriage ritual of the Methodist Episcopal Church being used.

The contracting parties were unattended and the bride entered the room on the arm of the groom, where members of the family and a few close friends were in attendance.

The bride was gowned in a lovely dress of white organdy, fashionably trimmed in lace, and looked very charming, being a young lady possessing all the graces of beautiful young woman hood. She is a graduate of the city high school, a member of Goff Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, accomplished and popular in a wide circle of friends and admirers. She is the daughter of Mr. A. G. Fordyce, a prominent and successful carriage manufacturer and is a member of one of the leading families of the county.

The bridegroom is the son of Col. J. A. Finly, of Clark, Coshocton County, O., who is one of the state’s most prominent and well-to-do farmers and a politician of influence in his section of the state Col. Finly was a member of the Ohio State Legislature in 1902 and the nominee of his party last fall, but was defeated by a narrow margin. His course in the legislature was so satisfactory and able that he will likely be the nominee again next year to represent his district in the legislature, and the prospects for his election are already bright. The bridegroom is a graduate of the Elliiot Comercial School at Wheeling and is the efficient superintendent of the Elliot Commercial College here, a position he has held for two years. He has made many friends in Clarksburg, and to his efforts is due largely the great success of the college.

The happy couple left amid a shower of rice and the congratulations of friends for a trip through the West and before their return they will visit Col. Finly at Clark, O., returning here at the end of four weeks to reside for awhile with the bride’s father.

Among the wedding guests from a distance were the bride’s sister and nephew Mrs. L. G. Brown and Louis Brown, of York, Pa.; Mrs. Mitchell, an aunt of the bride, of Ironton, O., and Col. J. A. Finly, father of the groom, of Clark, O.

Map illustrating OH, PA, WV

Harry Fordyce Married

The Daily Telegram., February 29, 1908, page 3

Word received by relatives here conveys the news of the marriage of Mr. Harry Fordyce, son of A. G. Fordyce, and a young lady of New York City which took place there this week. Mr. Fordyce has many friends here who wish him and his bride a happy and prosperous married life.


The Daily Telegram., August 11, 1908
The Clarksburg Telegram., August 13, 1908, page 3

Extensive improvements are being made on the second floor of the A. G. Fordyce building. The walls are being repainted, and the floors are being revarnished. A dentist will occupy the front room of the second floor, and the music school will be moved to the rear room.



The Daily Telegram., August 20, 1908

The fire department made a run last evening to the A. G. Fordyce residence at the corner of West Main and South Chestnut streets to extinguish a blaze in a fence caused by the servant girl’s burning paper in the rear yard. The damage was slight.

The Daily Telegram., September 25, 1909, page 8

A. G. Fordyce left last night for New York to attend the Hudson-Fulton celebration.

The Daily Telegram., March 22, 1911, page 2
The Clarksburg Telegram., March 23, 1911, page 3

AG. Fordyce, of Clarksburg, is visiting his sisters, Mrs. Nan Davisson and Mrs. Sarah Mitchell at this place.

The Clarksburg Telegram., April 20, 1911, page 3

Mrs. Nan Davisson has returned from Clarksburg, where she had been visiting her brother, A. G. Fordyce.

The Daily Telegram., November 20, 1911
The Clarksburg Telegram., November 23, 1911, page 8

It was directed that a decree authorizing the execution of a deed with A. G. Fordyce by the trustees of the Daniel Davisson burial grounds be recorded.


Death Comes

The Wheeling Intelligencer., April 04, 1919, page 12

CLARKSBURG, W. Va., April 3.–A. G. Fordyce 82, wealthy retired carriage manufacturer, died last night after a lingering illness. He was a Union Veteran of the Civil War. Surviving children are Mrs. G. C. Finley, Mrs. D. K. Reed, Mrs. W. B. Virgie and Harry B. Fordyce, all of Clarksburg, and Mrs. L. G. Brown, of York, Pa.

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